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Immigration Regulations

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)

SEVIS is an internet-based system that provides U.S. schools, immigration officials, and consular officials with accurate and current information on nonimmigrant foreign students from the time they are admitted to a U.S. institution until they depart the U.S. or change to another immigration status.

Immigration Regulations: Maintaining Your F-1 Status

The International Services Office will support and assist you in dealing with matters of immigration. However, it is important that you assume personal responsibility for maintaining your status. Recent tightening of immigration regulations and closer scrutiny of both international students and schools through the SEVIS system mean that you will have to be especially vigilant.

Here are some things you need to do in order to maintain your status:

Keep your passport valid at all times

Do not work off campus without authorization

Keep your I-20 updated

Register for a full course of study

You are expected to register for a full course of study in both the fall and winter semesters each academic year. You may take a vacation or register part time in the summer term (unless that term is your first term at UDM).

Exceptions to full-time enrollment include:

You must obtain authorization from the ISO before dropping below full-time status for any of these reasons:

You may not be excused from a full course of study because of scheduling conflicts or course closures, or because courses are otherwise "unavailable."

Limits on reduced course load include: